Artists' Books: Collection Strengths

The collection has three major foci: works by and about women; works that explore contemporary American politics; and works produced in Latin American countries. Other titles complement departmental collecting emphases (such as dance or California), or are particularly outstanding exemplars of the form that do not fall into the above categories. The collection includes numerous illustrated editions of Mallarme's typographic poem Un Coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard.

Seminal Artists

A selection of early and important book artists whose works from the 1960s and 1970s are represented in the collection.

Latin America

A selection from the more than 150 titles in the collection that were produced by Latin American artists and publishers from Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina.


A selection of works dealing with contemporary U.S. topics such as the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001, the George W. Bush administration, and the 2003 Iraq war.


The collection contains over 100 works by women artists (primarily American) that address women-related topics or reflect a woman's perspective.

Other Book Artists

These are examples of artists’ books that fall outside our three collecting emphases, but which are fine and varied instances of the genre.